The Swedish-Hungarian born, London and Milan-based art dealer Carl Kostyál opened his eponymous gallery at no. 12a Savile Row, London W1 in 2010, with an exhibition of new works by British artist Helen Marten. Since then, the Gallery has made its name focusing on discovering and showing emerging artists from America, Europe and Asia and helping to reignite interest in established artists whose work was previously overlooked or little known in the UK and in Sweden.
Over the last decade, the Gallery has presented work by over two hundred international artists in various locations across three countries: the UK (London), Italy (Milan, Matera, Puglia) and Sweden (Stockholm and Malmö) in both solo presentations and ambitious group exhibitions and has built strong institutional links for its artists, in particular with the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
The Gallery runs an invitational artist residency programme in Matera, Basilicata, twice a year, and holds a Draw Jam each summer in the south of Italy (Puglia and Calabria), where over twenty artists are invited and hosted by the Gallery to draw together for five days, culminating in a local exhibition where the drawings are sold to raise money for local charities. These activities are core to the Gallery’s ethos of building a global community of artists and thinkers and creating a platform for critical friendships and alliances to form.
Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include presentations of new work in either Milan, London or Stockholm by Zachary Armstrong, Jean-Marie Appriou, Imre Bak, Gina Beavers, Ana Benaroya, Alfred Boman, Canyon Castator, Sara Cwynar, Alex Da Corte, Oli Epp, Ryan Estep, Ed Fornelies, Al Freeman, Travis Fish, Alex Gardner, Henry Gunderson, Charles Harlan, Yu Honglei, Henry Hudson, Arghavan Khosravi, Basil Kincaid, Austin Lee, Dóra Maurer, John Millei, David Ostrowski, Rafael Rozendaal, Sarah Slappey, Ben Spiers, Peter Schuyff, Li Shurui, Timur Si-Quin, Jim Thörell, Emma Webster, Austyn Weiner, Wang Yuyang, Zhao Zhao, Jan Ziemski.